As I started my second round of Insanity I really didn’t know what to expect. Would it be as bad as I remembered it being from the first time around? Would I be able to last longer? Perform stronger? A few minutes into Plyometric Cardio Circuit I had my answer.
I don’t want to come off as cocky or arrogant, but the second time around is a world easier than the first time. I blasted my way through the warm ups working up a major sweat. I was able to push harder through these warm ups than I ever was able to the first time around. It was an amazing feeling and really built a lot of confidence in me.
The first circuit in Plyometric Cardio Circuit consists of three sets of a series of leg burning routines starting with suicide drills. After that it moves into power squats, mountain climbers and ski downs. Each exercise is a 45-second rep and after about three minutes, you get a 30-second rest. Immediately after the third set there is a challenge set of exercises that include switch feet for 30 seconds followed by a minute of football drills. I’m very happy to be able to say that I was able to complete all three circuits without a need for rest. I have never been able to do that before.
The second circuit consists of another three sets of extremely muscle burning exercises that, the first time I did these, just about killed me. They are basketball drills, level 1 drills, ski abs and in-n-out abs. Level 1 drills are about a minute and a half. The other three exercises are all about 45 seconds long. Again, like the first circuit, this circuit ends with a two minute challenge set that includes jabs for 30 seconds, cross jacks for 30 seconds, upper cuts for 30 seconds and open hand attacks for 30 seconds. I wish I could say I was able to not rest during these, but once again my quadriceps showed me just how much work they need and I was face to the floor on the first set of ski abs. I was challenged greatly from middle of the first circuit until the challenge set, which I was able to complete without rest.
The rest of the program is stretching and cool down, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This was one heck of a work out for me today. I was able to push harder than ever before in any Insanity program, I worked up a bigger sweat than ever before and I felt refreshed and revitalized at the end of my work out.
Something to note… I have started working out in the evenings now to see if I can take advantage of my diet during the day to give me energy for the evening. I’m not sure I’m sold on this yet, but I still want to test it.